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Smithfield Prods Its Pork Suppliers To Dump Pig Crates

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:57

The world's largest hog and pork buyer wants its contract farmers to move pregnant sows out of constrictive crates and into group houses, generally considered more humane, by 2022. The move is significant because independent farmers supply about 40 percent of the company's sows.

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Fallujah Veterans Ask Hard Questions About Their Sacrifices

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:55

A radical group with links to al-Qaida has taken intermittent control of key parts of Fallujah in western Iraq. It's the same area where U.S. troops saw some of their bloodiest fights during the Iraq war a decade ago, costing the U.S. more lives than in any other region in Iraq.

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Turkey clears military over bombing

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:46
Turkish military prosecutors drop an investigation into the deaths of 34 Kurdish civilians in an air force bombing raid in 2011.

Shot PC 'made video death threat'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:42
A policeman shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat threatened to hang himself on a video call while forcing his estranged wife to watch, an inquest hears.

British Museum buys Picasso linocuts

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:41
Two sets of unique Pablo Picasso linocuts, called Still Life under the Lamp and Jacqueline Reading, are acquired by the British Museum.

New Law Allows Transgender Students To Choose Bathrooms And Sports Teams

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:40

A new California law allows transgender students to choose restrooms and sport teams based on the gender they identify with. Host Michel Martin speaks with a parenting roundtable about the pros and cons.

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Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:39

The punter says his outspoken support of same-sex marriage got him fired, but adds that he has no regrets. He tells NPR's Michel Martin: "If you're not willing to speak out for the rights of other people, then who do you expect to speak out for you when it's your turn?"

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How To Successfully Link GED Tests And Jobs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:39

For hundreds of thousands of adult students, the General Educational Development test is a good way to finish their education. LaGuardia Community College in New York is going a step further, by tailoring prep courses for jobs in particular fields. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gail Mellow, the president of LaGuardia Community College to learn more.

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Ice cream seller held man as 'slave'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:34
An ice cream seller admits imprisoning a 34-year-old man with learning difficulties in his garage and treating him "like a slave".

Scots P1-P3 pupils to get free meals

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:33
All Scottish pupils in first three years of primary school will get free school meals from January 2015, First Minister Alex Salmond announces.

Health Care Inbox: From Medicaid Eligibility To Tax Credits

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:33

If you buy insurance through a marketplace and you lose your job, it will pay to let the marketplace know. The reduction in income while you're unemployed could make you eligible for a bigger tax credit to help pay for coverage.

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Benefits Street 'encouraged crime'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:32
Bosses of a documentary about a street in Birmingham are criticised for portraying residents in a bad light and encouraging criminal behaviour.

AUDIO: Dire Straits bassist on hearing loss

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:27
The bassist of rock band Dire Straits says more must be done to tackle hearing loss resulting from loud music.

Sky updates porn filter after block

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:27
Sky has tweaked its porn filters to stop them blocking news site TorrentFreak following a row about the effectiveness of the technology.

Cocaine cargo sent to German store

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:20
Police in Berlin find 140kg (309lb) of cocaine hidden in banana boxes which were sent to a budget supermarket chain in an apparent mistake by traffickers.

Chicago gun sales ban struck down

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:18
A US judge strikes down Chicago's ban on sales and transfers of firearms, finding the city went too far in its effort to prevent legal sales of guns.

How Al-Qaida Returned To A Troubled Part Of Iraq

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:16

Western Iraq was one of the most chaotic parts of the country during the U.S. war there. Al-Qaida extremists were defeated once, but with U.S. forces gone, they've managed to return as Iraq continues to slide into chaos.

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Weisz and Craig play 'makes $17.5m'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:10
A Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's play Betrayal starring Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig takes $17.5m in just 14 weeks, reports say.

Adams whitewashes O'Shea at Lakeside

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:04
Three-time winner Martin Adams beats Tony O'Shea without losing a leg to reach the BDO World Darts Championship second round.

Run Run Shaw, Kung Fu Movie Pioneer, Dies

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 07:59

The Hong Kong movie mogul's films included 1972's Five Fingers of Death, which was a kung fu classic. With his brother Ronnie, Shaw produced more than 1,000 films over five decades. He also helped produce some American films, including Blade Runner. Later, he became a prominent philanthropist.

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